Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
Just as a personal quirk, I hate hearing people talking about "bonding" with their horse. Every time they do, I think about glue....
A horse needs leadership. Some horses need a boss. It all depends on the horse. My horse was so assertive --- heads up, make me assertive ---that he almost demanded a boss! Once it is determined who is going to lead (or boss) THEN a bond might develop. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. Some people have to have a "bond" with their horse. Some are just happy the horse performs as expected.
Either way, you don't start with worrying about bonding with your horse. You start with respect and leadership. Or being the boss. Everything flows from there.
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
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